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Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller | Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia


Kyle Wayne Dinkheller

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
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Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller


This is a very brave man. I hope that the members of the community which he served truly appreciate his commitment and sacrifice to their safety. Every coworker and family member can be most proud to know that Deputy Dinkheller's actions were a true testament of his character. I salute you for your bravery. May you rest in peace in a special place. May your bravery, commitment and sacrifice never be forgotten! My condolences to all of your family and coworkers.

Pennsylvania State Police
September 23, 2005

I was browsing a police bulletin board the other day and saw this video.I am so so sorry what happened to this young officer,it really really was sickening and im sitting here feeling ill after watching it.
May god rest his soul and my sincere condolences to his family.Im so so sorry.

Peter Healy
Metropolitan police London
September 23, 2005

I'm a seven year veteran and a current SWAT member at my department. I saw the video of Kyle's death in training one year ago. I got so mad when I saw it and my prayers go out to the Dinkheller family. I would just like to say thanks to the Dinkheller family for letting the video to be used for training for current officers. It made me and my fellow officers take every traffic stop as serious and not routine. I know it has been seven years since Kyle has passed but his memory lives on in the police community accross the country. Thank you Kyle you will never be forgotton.

Officer Christian Emert
Livonia Police Department
September 22, 2005

My New Watch

I began my new watch today and everything’s going fine.
I just wanted to let you know that I would be checking in on you from time to time.

It’s really different here, but in a good way,
Although the change was sudden, rest assured there is nowhere else I’d rather stay.

I work with a crew of true heroes, who always do their best,
They always do their part, and watch over all the rest.

I can’t change what happened on that fateful night
But remember that I will forever continue to fight.

Please tell my family I love them and I’m with them all the time.
Help my wife when I can’t and give a kiss to that sweet child of mine.

I walk a new beat that seems so far away
But you can reach me, and I’ll back you up, you only have to pray.

I have to go now for there’s a rookie on the street.
I have to do my part, for it’s not his time to walk this special beat.

In memory of all our fallen brother’s and sisters of Law Enforcement

D/S T. Arnold 416

In closing your video and last moments have touched and I am certain saved lives, You will always be remembered as a hero. Keep us safe and watch us while we work.

Deputy Tim K Arnold
Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept. GA
September 21, 2005

Rest in peace, Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller. Although many may not understand the sacrifices you have made, they will still forever be greatly appreciated and remembered.

Jason Cruz
September 20, 2005

It has been 7 years since this officer was taken from this world. I am around the same age he would have been, and I have been trying for many years to get into law enforcement. I have recently come across this video on the open interenet, and I am very moved. It has not changed my mind in the least about my career choice.

Rest in peace.

0650 HRS

Douglasville, Ga
September 19, 2005

I saw the footage from the dash camera last night at work, and I was stunned. I thought I'd experienced about everything after 18 years as a police officer, but watching that reminded me that I have not. Seeing first hand what happened to you has definitely shaken me out of any complacency I may have picked up along the way. God bless your wife, son, family, and coworkers, and know that you will be riding with me as I go out on patrol every night.

Officer Shawn Godfrey
Richmond, Va. Police Dept.
September 18, 2005

I saw the video from the dash cam for the first time during FATS training this week. I have 15 years on the job and thought I was hardened to much of what I see, however I was moved. The college that supplied the FATS machine for our training had re-enacted this scenario to train officers. I learned from it and I know our officers and I will be a better police officers because of Dep. Dinkhellers sacrifice.

Sgt. Doug Hubaker
Northwood Ohio PD
September 17, 2005

I am so sorry that I am writing this so long after Kyle's tragic death but I just saw the video tape of the shooting. My thoughts and prayers for Kyle's family. I was involved in a fatal shooting in San Diego of a robbery suspect with a gun only a few days after Kyle's, and easily could have been killed also. I find a quote from the Gospel of John very comforting; Jesus said, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places, if it was not so I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself. That where I am, there you maybe also."

Patrol officer/ Phil Bozarth
San Diego Police Department
September 16, 2005

On 9/13/05 I watched the dash cam video of this cold blooded murder of a hero. Words cannot describe the emotions that I felt after viewing this. May God bless your family for your sacrifice. My thanks goes out to your family for allowing this video to be used as a training tool for new and veteran peace officers, it will save countless lives.

May God be with you,

Sheriff Mark Gower
Iron County Sheriff's Office
Cedar City, Utah.

Sheriff Mark Gower
Iron County Sheriff's Office
September 14, 2005

This is the first time I have seen the video of Deputy Dinkheller's murder. I'm sure I'm one of thousands of volunteers to personally put the needle in that scumbag's arm on death row. My condolences to the family and the Laurens County Sheriff's Dept.

Sgt. Kevin Harford
September 14, 2005

God bless you for your service. Most don't think about the evil that would overwhelm all of society were it not fro brave heroes like you.

Your family I know must feel aside from sadness the pride in knowing that in your short time on Earth, you did more as a force for good than most ever will.

Thank you Sir.

Tim E.
Former Deputy Sheriff
September 14, 2005

I have a 28 month old daughter and we are awaiting the birth of our son on October 4, 2005. Your story will always stay with me.... Although your watch has ended, may your memory live on in all of us; and by doing so, protect us as we continue to serve.

May God bless the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.....Matthew 5:9

Pennsylvania State Police
September 13, 2005

There really is no more noble job then that of a public servent who puts his/her life on the line every time they roll out. I feel for all officers out there and especially the family of Deputy Dinheller. I know he did not die in vain and that lessons were learned from this for other officers in the future.

Michael D. Authier
September 12, 2005

i saw this video and it is so sad that people can actually do this without any emotions. it is so sad that the world has gone this way. my best wishes to his family and partners

September 12, 2005

After recently watching the video I am taken back. My condolences to the deputies family and I feel lucky to be a citizen with people like himself willing to put their lives on the line to protect us from people like that. A prayer has been said.

September 12, 2005

I've seen the in car video on the internet, and it is one of the saddest I've seen. If only everyone know how much sacrifice peace officers take to make people safe.

September 12, 2005

I saw the tragic video earlier today of Deputy Dinkheller's final moments. I almost wish I hadn't seen it. My heart goes out to the Dinkheller family.

September 11, 2005

Death was too good for the gunman. People like him should be in a box for life. It's sad to see somebody die like this.

September 11, 2005

I just saw the video of the murder, it was very disturbing and sad. Rest In Peace.

September 10, 2005

I just viewed the video, sent to me by my partner of many years. May you rest in peace, dear comrade. You have not perished in vain, as this video will save many lives. Your spirit lives on in those who protect us now, long after your watch has ended. May God bless you and your family.

Chicago Police Department
September 10, 2005

Rest in peace my brother...your courage lives on forever...

Res. Deputy S. Araguz
FCSO, Wa. State
September 10, 2005

Some of you may know my face, but not my name. Most of you have seen me around the city and some have even met me, but not always under the best of circumstances. Some of you have even spoken to me on the phone, when you called me while I was working.

Most of you have an opinion on how my job should be done, but would never take my job if it was the last one on earth. And some of you who don’t even know me, hate me because of my job. But when I go to my job, I go to make a difference and so I can fight what everyone else fears.

When most would be running away from danger, my job requires me to run towards it. I do this in the hopes of making a difference for someone else I don’t even know. Most people say I make too much money, because my pay is published in the newspaper. But don’t think twice about hearing about another sports player sign a 20 million dollar contract for 6 months a year of playing a “game.”

Since my job’s base pay isn’t the best I must work extra to pay the bills. Including working extra shifts, on holidays and pick up side work at construction sites as well on my days off, most still complain thinking I am greedy, but don’t they realize that I to must pay taxes, have a mortgage car payments and kids in collage as well?

Don’t they understand that I am not paid for what I do, but for what I am willing to do for them? After all how can you properly compensate someone to risk their own life and face danger everyday they go to work?

When I go to work I am punched, kicked, spit on and called every name in the book for doing my job. And every night I leave my house to go to work I realize I may not come back home in the morning. Because when I go to work I can be stabbed, shot, drown, fall, be electrocuted, or die in a car accident rushing to help you.

My job also requires me to carry special “tools” to help me do my job. Sometimes even while doing my job I have to defend myself from someone attacking me. Although, the newspapers will report to you that I “beat someone down”, and not that I defended myself from an attack.

While at work I must also carry a gun to protect you, but should I have to use it, the media reports to you that I “gunned someone down” or that I “shot and killed” somebody, not that I defended myself. Don’t they realize that I shoot to live and never to kill?

Also when I go to work I wrap a protective vest around me to help keep me safe through my shift. I use this vest so that I will be allowed to live to the end of my work day. And hope and pray that should something bad happen that this vest helps keep me alive so that I will be allowed to see my children grow.

When I go to my job, I will see more pain, sorrow, agony, death and destruction in one month than most of you will see in an entire lifetime.

And to the ones who don’t know me, I unforunetly will meet most of you at the worst times in your life. You often will call me to come help you out with a problem. But if you have a really big problem you can get me at a special 3 digit number and me and my coworkers will race to your house, just to help you no questions asked. All you have to do is call and we will be there for you, no matter what time, day, night or holiday, rain shine or blizzard.

Sometimes my job also requires me to deliver lectures, babies and even bad news. I am also the one required to ring your doorbell in the middle of the night, swallow hard and advise you that a loved one will not be coming home tonight, then I spend the rest of my shift wondering why I ever took such a job.

Some people even refer to me as a “pig,” but when I hear that word called to me or one of my coworkers I think of Pride, Integrity and Guts, which everyone in my profession needs to do this job.

Me and my coworkers must be able to have muscles of steel, have a sense of humor and put ourselves into dangerous situations and face danger head on all in a days work.

We must act in a second and make a decision in the blink of an eye, and spend the rest of our life hoping we made the right choice in that split second. If not we can be arrested and charged with breaking a law, be sued for violating someone’s rights, or end up with even a worse fate.

My job requires me to take an oath to be their and to risk my life to protect you. And it is an oath that me and my fellow coworkers have taken and is one that we will not break.

What, you ask is my job, I am your local police officer. And what do I ask in return of doing all this and risking my life for you, nothing at all because it is my job and my hope of being the one who makes the difference.

Written By

- Paul Cotter, Lynn Mass

This article was written by me to help remember and honor all of my brother and sisters who have died protecting others. And to remind the public of all that the law enforcment officers do and risks we face in helping others.

It was publised in 5 newspapers and 1 national police magazines during national police week.

My thoughts and prayers are with Kyle and his family......

Off Paul Cotter
Lynn MA PD
September 8, 2005

Your loss will never be forgotten. May God bless you, your family, your department, and protect us all who serve. Rest in peace.

Upper Darby
September 8, 2005

I have seen this video before but after seeing it again yesterday it really makes me feel helpless. I am sure I speak for thousands of law enforcement when I say "I wish I had been there to back you up." Your untimely and tragic death has served as valuable training for many law enforcment recruits on the city, state, and federal levels. It will undoubtedly save the lives of many officers who find themselves in a similar situation. They will know what to do and what not to do because of this video. Rest in peace brother.

Firearms Instructor
United States Border Patrol
September 8, 2005


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